Facts about the Kalutara Bridge – A major link between Sri Lanka’s Western and Southern borders!

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Sri Lanka is blessed with many wonders of nature! Some of its iconic landmarks were inherited during the colonial period. The Kalutara Bridge is one such remaining landmark in the country.

Kalutara Bridge| Img by: Travel Kalutara via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 4.0


Being one of the largest bridges in Sri Lanka, the origins of the Kalutara Bridge date back to the early 1990s. Initially, the bridge had two separate bridges, each including 6 spans of lattice girders. Both the bridges were separated by a ridge which was in the middle of the ‘Kalu Ganga’. It was first opened for road traffic in 1877.


The bridge is a significant landmark in Kalutara due to its link between the southern border and western border of the country. When travelling from the western end of the bridge towards the southern end, you will witness the majestic view of the 3 stories-high Kalutara Viharaya. Any Buddhist will not forget to offer a small sacrifice when passing the temple.


You will find plenty of attractions in the vicinity of the bridge. The Kalutara Bodhiya, Richmond Castle and Kalutara Viharaya are some such places. If you are staying at one of the many hotels in Kalutara close to the bridge, like Turyaa Kalutara, you can also visit many other attractions in the vicinity.

View of Adam’s Peak!

If you visit the bridge on a very clear morning, you will be able to catch a glimpse of ‘Sri Pada’ or Adam’s Peak from a distance. It is known as the starting point of Kalu River.



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